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On Friday, Thandi Ruth Magagula, 40, appeared before the Middelburg Regional Court after she was arrested by the Hawks for Fraud, Corruption and Money Laundering.
It is alleged that in April 2013 to July 2015, Magagula was appointed by Eskom as a Safety Risk Manager. During the same year, she was also a Director of Montoza Engineering and Project 9 whereby the company was rendering services to Eskom.
The matter was reported to Special Investigating Unit (SIU). During investigation, SIU discovered that Magagula failed to declare for conflict of interest to Eskom.
The matter was referred to the Hawks for further investigation. The Hawks established that the accused misrepresented to Eskom on her declaration forms and tender documents that she was conducting business with Eskom while in true fact her company was rendering service to Eskom, causing actual loss of about R58 888.76.
Investigation was finalised and the matter was referred to public Prosecutor for decision.
She was granted R10 000 bail by the the Middelburg Regional Court.
The case was postponed to 26 March 2024 in the Specialized Commercial Crime Court Middelburg.
The Provincial Head of the Hawks Major General Gerber applauded his team for carrying out the mission of the Directorate For Priority Crime Investigation .
The Hawks will ensure that no stone is left unturned during any investigation. We shall investigate and arrest anyone who acts in a criminal manner without fear and favour , he concluded.